Benefits of magnesium

Why Magnesium is a Must

Magnesium is an essential ion in the body as it regulates over 300 biochemical reactions including synthesising protein, regulating how muscles and nerves function, controlling blood glucose and regulating blood pressure. But what if you have a magnesium deficiency? How can you supplement your diet with magnesium? What are the Symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency? […]

What is tops: food pyramid or food plate?

Food pyramid vs food plate: Which one should you follow?

The ‘traditional’ food pyramid, which was developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) some 20-odd years ago, presented the food groups as a hierarchy and recommended that foods such as bread, pasta and rice make up the bulk of your diet. Unfortunately, these guidelines didn’t give any definite pointers about healthy eating. In the […]

Value of Vitamin C

The Value of Vitamin C

For years, people have known the benefit of Vitamin C with its ability to fight off colds and flu. What you may not have realised is that this vitamin plays a vital role in exercise. Here’s why. Vitamin C is responsible for the growth of tissue It is essential in the production of collagen, which makes up […]

Nutrition principles for life

The 8 nutrition rules to live by

For any head sports coach at a top level, one of the most key components to holistic player development is to provide nutrition education to the players/athletes. Years of research and study have proved that proper nutrition will lead to better performance. Many top-level sports teams will employ the skills of a qualified nutritionist with […]

Avoid suffering from exercise burnout

Five signs you’re suffering from exercise burnout

Committing to an exercise routine  – and sticking to it – feels great! You feel energised, you’re lean and fit, your self-esteem is flying high… And before you know it, you’re just a little bit addicted to your workouts. That can’t be bad, can it?The quick answer is: Yes, it is bad. The routine that’s […]

The low down on saturated fats

Understanding the difference between trans fats and saturated fats

Not all fats are bad. Fats are an essential food group along with protein and carbohydrates. Good fats are essential to our health and the optimal function of our body. Healthy fats surround our internal organs to protect them; gives our body energy; keep us warm; help produce essential hormones; helps our body easily absorb […]

How to understand the GI index

How to understand the GI Index

Eating the right foods is not only important for our waistline but for our health too. In society today, everyone is on the move and living busy lives. There is hardly time to make food so we buy ready-made food for convenience, and with this fast-paced lifestyle we are currently living, it is easy to […]

How to detox

The correct way to detox after an indulgent summer holiday

Summer holiday mean lazy days on the beach or by the pool, sipping on soda or drinks, and snacking on everything we missed out on. After a tough year, we deserve a break, not just from work, but from our strict diets and routines as well. Over December and throughout summer, we let go a […]

Hypertrophic gains in your muscles

8 tips for hypertrophic gains

If you’re trying to grow your muscles, to achieve a certain physique or increase your physical strength, then you’re pursuing something called hypertrophic gains in your muscles. It’s when your muscles grow because they either store more glycogen (i.e. sarcoplasmic hypertrophy) or because the myofibrils are bigger (i.e. myofibrillar hypertrophy). We asked the professionals how […]

Holiday weight gain: How to get rid of it

We spend months transforming our winter bodies into the lean, toned bods we’re happy to flaunt on the beach. But the holidays seem to have a drag effect – dragging us out of the gym and directly toward food and then the couch…  After a week or two of eating too much junk, drinking too […]

Losing weight can be difficult

Why you may not be losing weight as you would like to

Sometimes, people can diet, work out and track their calories and do everything right but still not succeed at losing weight. Usually, when someone seems to be doing the right things but not making progress, a list of possible reasons that can lead to not losing the weight that is needed. Here are some reasons […]

Protein rich foods

18 Protein-packed foods to add to your shopping list

Nutritionists all know that protein is an essential macronutrient – more so for those of us who are active and athletic. After all, it is the macronutrient building block that our bodies need to build muscles, among other things. Plus, if you’re practising good nutrition principles to prevent weight gain (or lose weight!) then you […]

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